Cwm Hedd fly fishing May 14th 2016

This year Cwm Hedd will close for the summer on  Sunday June 5th, so get your skates on if you are planning to visit!

There has been some superb fishing in the last few weeks, with most anglers finding success on a variety of flies: damsels, buzzers, montanas, black tadpoles and daddy long-legs being very popular.  With the topsy turvy weather including some ferocious storms, at least the water temperature is still quite cool at the moment, so the fish are very happy . There are plenty of fish moving and showing all over the lake  feeding well on this year’s  abundant insect life.

Some anglers blank of course, but that is the way of things,  bringing about much mulling over what went wrong .  Those who have found the right fly, line and tactics however have been well rewarded. Having caught a Troutmasters entry in the previous week, Mike James summed up this week’s visit in his facebook post: ‘Cwm Hedd yesterday, great day again, 6 to the net, should have been 66, I missed so many takes, done my head in, fish rising everywhere, I only fished buzzers, crunchers and emergers in amongst the continual raindrops, pull after pull and I missed them, I must be older than I thought, fish are so quick, actually, unbelievably quick.

This Cwm Hedd rainbow weighed in at 5lbs 3oz, a Troutmasters entry for Mike James.

Nigel Lane had a great day too  ‘Another warm welcome at Cwm Hedd today by far the best fly fishing this year caught three fish around the 3 pounds mark and yet again put many back .’

Nigel Lane preparing to do battle with the Cwm Hedd rainbows

It was great to see Matt and Callum Russell back having a break from reservoir comps, bringing twelve to the bank between them, Matt on a shipman’s buzzer, Callum on Crunchers.

Matt Russell
Callum Russell

Huw Davies has been on a roll, with nine fish last week using a black hopper and a hare’s ear, and eleven fish this week, using a shipman’s buzzer. Fishing on a fairly bright day today, with a cool breeze and a ripple on the water, in similar conditions Huw advises keeping things simple: one fly, a 12-14′ leader, and use the wind, casting upwind and letting the fly drift with just the occasional twitch. Huw’s friend Tom Hughes had four rainbows, using a grey duster and a floating line.


Tom Hughes

For interesting information and more good advice on how to fish Cwm Hedd, read the May edition of Total Flyfisher Magazine, which includes an  article about Cwm Hedd written by top Wales international Kieron Jenkins. Kieron also fished Cwm Hedd again this week, bringing ten to the bank using an olive shipman’s, as well as making a fishing fashion statement in his wellies and shorts!  Sums up the weather we’ve had this week – the platforms were under water after Wednesday’s torrential rain.


Check out the Cwm Hedd Youtube channel for the latest videos featuring: Huw Davies,  Matt Russell, Callum Russell, Kieron Jenkins and Nigel Lane.

Open 8am-4.30pm Wednesday through to Sunday. Last admission 2pm.  5 minutes from Junction 28 of the M4 Newport. Fishery rules, directions and further information on . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).

And finally, the great crested grebes were happily sitting on a nest, but the coots have bullied them off it, so it’s back to square one for the hapless grebes.

Great crested grebe at Cwm Hedd






Cwm Hedd fly fishing 3rd April 2016

The fish have been extremely high in the water with many anglers enjoying sport on dry flies and emergers. In the right conditions there have been plenty of fish rising to buzzers all around the lake, with the lodge frontage producing some good numbers of resident fish.  Recommended flies to target these buzzer feeders are shipman’s and shuttlecock buzzers fished on the surface. Damsels have also been very effective fished slowly on a floating line.

Ray McCarthy netting a rainbow

With the competition season underway or many anglers returning to the rivers and reservoirs it’s been very quiet at Cwm Hedd in the last few weeks, but it at least gives those who prefer small still waters some excellent fishing opportunities.  Very few have blanked and good numbers of fish have been caught.   Thanks to those who are visiting – your support is very much appreciated.


Lee Ashcroft has brought 24 fish to the net over three visits in the last couple of weeks and we wish him the best of luck in the final of the bank team trials later this month.

Lee Ashcroft

One of the pleasures of running a fishing lake is that of meeting many interesting people from all walks of life. Robert Forrest-Webb, ‘Writer, adventurer and sportsman’ enjoyed a few hours fishing at Cwm Hedd this week, as a preliminary warm-up to his 87th birthday. Check out Robert’s profile on his web site  Happy birthday Robert!

Robert Forrest-Webb
Robert Forrest-Webb

Remember that barbless hooks must be used at all times.  If you are crushing barbs make sure that you check every hook using a piece of material (in an item of your clothing if you haven’t brought anything for this purpose).  I’d rather you damage your clothing than damage a fish.

Congratulations to Kristian Davies and Kieron Jenkins, first in the Scierra pairs heat at Chew Valley on Saturday.  Well done both.


Kieron enjoying a few hours at Cwm Hedd on Sunday after the Scierra pairs heat on Saturday on Chew

Remember that  under 16s have free catch and release if accompanied and supervised by an experiences adult angler paying a standard or concession ticket. See opening times and prices on the Cwm Hedd web site

Here’s 6 year old Oliver (left) with his first Cwm Hedd rainbow 🙂

Mark Whalley (centre) with six year old Oliver and ten year old Devon


Open 8am-4.30pm Wednesday through to Sunday.  5 minutes from Junction 28 of the M4 Newport. Fishery rules, directions and further information on . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).


Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th December 2015

Greetings everyone!

New stock arrived yesterday so we’re looking forward to some great fishing to see in the New Year. Plenty of fish are moving and feeding high in the water:  Floating lines have been the order of the day for just about everyone.  Bloodworm, cats whiskers, nymphs, Rob’s wrapped minky, montana and diawl bach have all been successful.

Luke Thomas
A lovely brown (returned) for Luke Thomas who also returned a blue amongst the eleven fish he caught on Boxing Day

Watch a video of Luke Thomas in action on the point of the main island on a very windy Boxing Day

Opening hours this week:

Wednesday 30th December: 8am-4pm

Thursday 31st New year’s Eve:  8am-3pm, last  admission 12 noon;

Friday 1st January- New Year’s Day – closed.

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Jan: 8am-4pm.

The Welsh Senior Loch Style Team held a friendly  competition at  Cwm Hedd today to help them get to Lough Lien  in Ireland next May. Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th December 2015

Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report 20th December – Merry Christmas everyone!

A very merry Christmas to all of you!

Christmas and New Year opening hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays: closed (as normal). Christmas Eve and New year’s Eve:  8am-3pm, last  admission 12 noon; Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: closed.

Boxing Day:  8am-4pm:  Cwm Hedd will be open as usual for all anglers,  with an option to also enter the Biggest Fish Challenge (day ticket charge applies for ‘Challenge’ entrants: free bacon sandwich & tea/coffee included). Take any one of eleven fish (rather than the first).  Browns or fish judged to be 5lbs or over to be temporarily kept in the net for official weighing before release.    Day ticket prizes awarded for the top three heaviest fish.  Fishing ends at 4pm for all anglers.

Fishing has been tough for some but excellent for others.  Overall the fishing has been good considering the weather conditions: fishing high in the water with lures has been the most consistent method, Continue reading Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report 20th December – Merry Christmas everyone!

Cwm Hedd fly fishing news 13th December 2015, with Christmas and New Year opening hours!

Season’s greetings to you all

Thanks to Toby from  Funky Fly Tying  for bringing some festive cheer to the lodge on another wet and windy Saturday.  Anglers enjoyed perusing the range of great products, and appreciated the fly tying help and advice.

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The raffle raised £95.00 for  Welsh Hearts , with the Airflo Super Stik rod kindly donated by Kieron Jenkins being won by a delighted Phil Roe, who has yet to collect his prize!

Congratulations to Phil Roe, winner of the Airflo Super Stik rod in the Cwm Hedd raffle
Congratulations to Phil Roe, winner of the Airflo Super Stik rod in the Cwm Hedd raffle
For sale!

Boost the raffle proceeds by purchasing one of the items (fly tying materials and fly fishing books) donated by Vernon Williams & Matt Russell,   priced at £1 minimum donation per item.

Fishing update

No doubt the continuing bad weather along with Christmas shopping has contributed to a quiet week overall, although a glorious Wednesday brought a good number out to enjoy some very good fishing.  Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing news 13th December 2015, with Christmas and New Year opening hours!

Cwm Hedd fly fishing report and news 6th December

Week ending 6th December 2015

There’s been some great fishing in the last week,  with the fresh stock delivered last Thursday giving a boost to catch rates, as demonstrated by anglers such as  Jason Williams, who  took two and released nine on a black lure and squirmy worm.  Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing report and news 6th December

Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th November 2015

Week ending 29th November

“The rain it raineth every day…’ or so it seems, and with with wind speed from 40 to over 50 mph on the weekend, anglers were not surprisingly thin on the ground, especially on Sunday. Luke Thomas  and Ken Pascoe were the only two mad enough to take on the torrential rain and high wind on such a day, with Luke taking one and returning five: three on a bloodworm under an indicator, and three with a white fluff cat and chartreuse an a slow glass line. it was two for Ken, with  another two that decided to engage in long distance self release.


Using a mini-cat and a floating line, Tom Collier took a smashing Troutmasters entry on   Saturday, weighing in at 6lbs 7 ounces. Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th November 2015